Someone facebook messaged me recently and asked for some help with adding an off camera flash to their set up. So here’s a blog post about what off camera flash can do and what gear I use and would recommend. Using off camera flash is a little advanced, but if you’re up for it keep reading
Ready to buy an off camera flash for cheap?
If you’re looking to add an off camera flash to your set up for CHEAP, I’d recommend getting a yongnuo flash. I will hopefully soon be adding two YN-560’s to my set up soon. Yongnuo flashes are Chinese made knock offs of your name brand flashes.
I read a 2010 review from Strobist saying he can’t recommend them. But for me at $70 a pop, versus adding another canon flash to my set up for $500+… right now, it’s either add two more flashes or none.
This is why I recommend that you have your main flash be completely reliable. I can’t recommend using these as your only flash if you’re doing work where you need your gear to be reliable.
David from David James Visuals turned me on to the yongnuo flashes and speaks very highly of them.
A trigger is a device that will signal your flash to fire even though it is off camera.
You can trigger a few different ways. This post is already getting way to long and detailed so I will address what these various ways are, and the pluses and negatives of these in a future post.
1. You can use a sync cable.
2. You can use infrared signal.
3. You can use an optical slave.
4. Or you can use a radio signal.
I use pocket wizards plus II’s. They are also discontinued, but you can still find them. They have been replaced with plus III’s.
There are other cheaper triggers that have good reviews, I’ve just had no experience with them.
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